Police: Pair kidnapped innocent teen after botched drug deal

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HOWELL TOWNSHIP - Authorities say two teenagers who were allegedly ripped off by a purported drug dealer kidnapped someone they mistakenly thought was connected to the dealer.

Howell Township police say 18-year-old Moamem Abdelmeguid and a 16-year-old boy, both of Marlboro, met up Thursday night with 19-year-old township resident Joseph Arnold to buy drugs from him. But Arnold allegedly took their cash and fled without giving them anything.

The Marlboro teens then went to a home where Arnold told them he lived and subdued another male teen they found there, mistakenly believing he knew Arnold. They forced the teen into a car and threatened to shoot him if he didn't disclose Arnold's whereabouts.

They drove him around the neighborhood for a few minutes, looking for Arnold, then took the teen home and eventually drove away.

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